The Voice Australia – The Grand Finale – Who Will Win? I Still Think Karise Eden Has Got It
I attended The Voice press conference last week which was to meet the final four and the judges who talked about the format of the finale. I have been to a lot of press conference but these have been political ones, not entertainment/celebrity and there are some differences.
Firstly as you would expect the Coaches in The Voice are far more charismatic, there is less tension and no one is going for the jugular. However as someone who is used to hearing the main protagonist in press conferences speak in “grabs” or explain things succinctly I was surprised at the length of answers that Seal and Keith Urban gave. Not that I have a problem with Keith could listen to him chat all day and to be fair he DID have to explain why he chose Darren over Diana Rouvas, but Seal really needs to learn how to condense his speech. In fact I thought it was interesting body language from Delta when he spoke she just imperceptibly turned away from him. However my mind could have been playing tricks as I waited for Seal to finish answering questions.
Conversely I thought Delta Goodrem was great short, sharp, and to the point, as was Joel Madden and both of them managed to convey their messages clearly.
However one difference was that none of the Coaches were expecting any hard questions and when they were asked if they were locked in for Season Two, there was deathly silence. Personally I thought it would not be an unexpected question after all they are an integral part of the biggest reality show we are going to see this year.
Finally Seal said ” That is a question for the network.” However all said they want to be back but depending on schedules etc. Of course no one mentioned money as being a factor on them doing it again…..
Anyhow if Seal doesn’t end up signing on, maybe they could consider Lionel Ritchie who performed last night and at the end gave some great advice to would be performers and contestants.
However where the show is similar is the all important voting and how to ensure your singer wins. Joel Madden is going all out with a social media strategy with him and his celebrity friends asking their followers to vote. There is a concern that people who have not heard her sing will help her win the prize. Do I have a problem with that? No there are always loopholes and let’s face it Sarah De Bono does not have the compelling back story Karise, Rachael and Darren has. Nor has she had the mainstream media loving the others have had either.
So why not use any advantage she has got.
I am still don’t think she will win, as after Karise Eden’s performances last night she will take the prize.
Team Joel – Sarah De Bono – If I Didn’t Love You
If Sarah wins it is not because of song choices. She screeched the whole way through. Yes I know she is the “whole” pop package but really is their anything unique about her? I would like to see her sing a song of her choice.
Props to Delta Goodrem for two things. Firstly playing a bit of strategy and being critical of Sarah, hell if she wants to get her girl Rachael across the line she needs to be critical of the other singers. Also the song was not that great and as Delta said it stayed at the one level.
Seal said we have four great artists… I note he did not say the four best singers were in the finale.
Team Seal – Karise Eden – I Was Your Girl
I am not a fan of Seal, over the past two months he has chipped away at my fandom, however I do think he is the best Coach there. He is keen and enthusiastic and appears to really be their for his contestants.
Also fantastic that all four got to sing their original songs which would be their winner’s single as well. And three of the four were pretty damn good. I hope they gets to keep some of the monies from the itunes sales as both Karise’s and Darren’s are roaring up the charts.
Team Delta – Rachael Leahcar – Smile
This song selection showed how Rachael does not have a hope of winning, it was a Charlie Chaplin cover and she did not sing it particularly well. However there were pictures of Rachael when she was young, and one showed her reading and that nearly got the sympathy vote from me. It was a very mediocre version of the song, but apparently she is still battling bronchitis.
Team Keith – Darren Percival – Damage Down
I had discounted him as contender this week but this song was freaking amazing. Being smack bang in his voting demographic I nearly started dialling. He should be picked up on his song writing talent alone.
Joel Madden said got it when he said “What prime time show would let a person come on and do an original song?” There are going to be a heap of professional and talented musicians lining up to audition for Season Two of this show.
One the of best thing about Lionel Ritchie and Joel Madden duet was the obvious love and affection they have for each other it was really sweet.
Team Joel – Sarah De Bono – Beautiful
Her original was better than the Tina Arena cover. If Sarah was five years younger she would have made the perfect Disney girl like Demo Lovato.
Team Seal – Karise Eden – Stay With Me Baby
Karise hit it out of the ball park, and stamped herself the winner. She had kept her best until last. Though she did answer one question – you can have too many sequins. But that Loretta Lyn type outfit actually suited her.
Team Delta – Rachael Leahcar – Shooting Star
Rachael probably was the weakest song writer, but maybe it is not her thing and this did place her at a disadvantage. She said it was about Delta. It was not good.
Joel said “Everybody enjoyed it”, and then asked how she felt up there singing it. This is code for he did not like it at all.
Team Keith – Darren Percival – For Once In My Life
Darren got the luck last pimp spot which should gain him a few more votes, and he used it well to do a rip roaring rendition of the song. I still don’t think he can beat Karise but hell he is trying his darn best.
Who do you think had the stand out performances? And who do you think will win? Will the social media clout of Joel Madden bring Sarah De Bono home? Or should the vote buying power of iTunes give Karise or Darren the title.